Pruning your trees and shrubs is definitely something you should be doing if you want them to be happy and healthy. If you are not already pruning your trees and shrubs or have trees and shrubs that have not been inspected or pruned before. Contact an arborist to come inspect your trees and property for a free consultation. In this post we will going over the basics of pruning your trees and shrubs.
Reasons To Prune Your Trees and Shrubs
- Prune for Tree and Plant Health
- Prune to maintain intended purposes for your landscape
- Prune to improve appearance/aesthetics
- Prune for the safety of people and your property
Prune For Tree Health and Plant Health
- Remove dead or dying branches that were or are injured by disease, insect infestation, animals, storms, or other adverse mechanical damage
- Remove branches that rub together
- Remove branch stubs
Prune To Maintain Intended Purposes for Your Landscape
Pruning can be done in order to encourage flower and fruit development, maintain a dense hedge, and to help maintain or promote a desired plant or tree form/shape.
Prune To Improve Appearance/Aesthetics
For most landscapes, a plant or tree's natural form is best but the appearance in the landscape can be essential in the tree or plants usefulness. You want to prune to:
- Control plant size and shape
- Keep shrubby evergreens well-proportioned and dense
- Remove unwanted branches, waterspouts, suckers and undesirable fruiting structures that detract from plant appearance
Prune For The Safety of People and Property
Trees can have hazardous branches or dead branches over a period of time especially after heavy winds or snow storms. With hazardous branches it is best to remove them before a storm to ensure the safety of your property and family.
To prune for safety you want to remove dead branches, prune out weak tree branches that overhang homes, garages, sidewalks, or any place where a falling limb could injury someone walking underneath. *Eliminate branches that interfere with street lights, traffic signals and overhead wires.*
*DO NOT try and prune near electrical or utility wires. You need to contact the utility companies or a city maintenance worker to handle this issue.
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